Organized 'sabotage' undermines Iraq's crude oil deliveries

Even as oil tankers are preparing to lift the first exports of Iraqi crude since the outbreak of the US-led war in March, organized sabotage continues to undermine efforts to restore the country's oil and gas production to prewar levels."We are currently producing just short of 600,000 b/d (of oil), which is probably about the domestic demand," Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, Washington's top administrator for Iraq, told the House Armed Services Committee June 12 by closed-circuit television from Baghdad."We will be ramping that production rate up to a level of about 1.5 million b/d by the end of the year, and maybe more. So we will be able to export a substantial amount of oil, even a...

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